Monthly Archives: December 2014
Blurb: Lizzie Brandt was valedictorian of her high school class, but at Radleigh University, all she’s acing are partying and hooking up with the wrong guys. But all that changes when her parents are killed in a tragic accident, making her guardian to her two younger brothers. To keep them out of foster care, she’ll have to fix up her image, her life, and her GPA—fast. Too bad the only person on campus she can go to for help is her humorless, pedantic Byzantine History TA, Connor Lawson, who isn’t exactly Lizzie’s biggest fan.
But Connor surprises her. Not only is he a great tutor, but he’s also a pretty great babysitter. And chauffeur. And listener. And he understands exactly what it’s like to be on your own before you’re ready. Before long, Lizzie realizes having a responsible-adult type around has its perks… and that she’d like to do some rather irresponsible (but considerably adult) things with him as well. Good thing he’s not the kind of guy who’d ever reciprocate.
Until he does.
Until they turn into far more than teacher and student.
Until the relationship that helped put their lives back together threatens everything they both have left.
Guys, if you haven’t heard of Dahlia…walk, don’t run, to Twitter. FOLLOW HER. This lady is super smart and hilarious, plus she knows a ton about writing and the world of publishing (she also knows a little something about macaroons, in fact she’s a connoisseur). Just for these reasons alone I’d read anything she’s written, except I know she’s a fantastic storyteller. How? I was lucky enough to get ahold of a signed copy of Behind the Scenes, her debut novel. I absolutely adored that book and there will be a sequel soon:) For now, I hope you’ll join me in reading Last Will and Testament.
I hope you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. It’s so hard to believe that Christmas is right around the corner, as are Hanukkah and Kwanzaa! This is the time of year we all make time to spend with our families. I know it’s the one time a year I see some of my relatives. I wish I’d be able to see my aunt, uncle, and cousins more often, but unfortunately we are all very busy.
If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, you’ll agree that this seems like a big old excuse. And it is. Everyone is always busy, so why is it that we are able to make time once a year? Why not twice a year? Or better yet, four times a year?
As I got to thinking about this, the more I could tie this idea to writing. We make time to do things–like laundry–when we don’t make time for other important things, like writing. THIS has been me. The last month I haven’t made time to write. So, this year I’m giving myself a gift. The gift of NO MORE EXCUSES. I will write every day, whether it’s 100 words or 1000 words. I will also make it a point to keep in contact with my family. If we can’t see each other, I will send a card or note (or email) just to check in.
Now, how about you my dear reader. Are you ready to join me in making this pact of NO MORE EXCUSES?